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Merlin Wild Foraging Quest – A great day out in the rain!

At the end of a long, single track road lay the barn that was to be our place of meeting: a singular structure poised in the midst of a dramatically contoured landscape. The enigmatic Devil’s Beef Tub sat to our west, the mountainous craig of The Skirtle lay just ahead and the Broad valley opened […]

Gathering along the Belinus Line

Gathering along the Belinus Line      Belinus is the ley line, an energy line on the earth’s surface, that runs from the north to the south of Britain. This energy line is made up of the male and female currents, Bel and Elen. Our quest went from Gretna Green to Langholm; with the help […]

A Legend in a Landscape

This quest was a return trip for some, like our fearless leaders: Justin K Prim, an upcoming Merlin scholar, and Jan Hogarth, a landscape artist. For others, it was our first time hearing the legends and standing in the places where they are believed to have occurred. When I met Jan that morning, she welcomed me […]

Quest for a Spiritual Landscape

Stage 1 One of the interesting things about being an outsider in a place is not having a sense of the history of an area. I’m from the eastern United States, and, despite having lived in Dumfries for three years, still have not explored huge swathes of the region. In particular, I had never been […]

Landscape and Science: an exploration

Art often draws inspiration from the landscape- indeed, the very word landscape can be traced to the Dutch word landschap, describing the sixteenth century novelty of painting a scenic view, “framing the picturesque”. Science can also draw inspiration from the shape and form of the land. Although this notion is often overlooked, landscape can be […]

Landscape and Science: An Exploration

Art often draws inspiration from the landscape- indeed, the very word landscape can be traced to the Dutch word landschap, describing the sixteenth century novelty of painting a scenic view, “framing the picturesque”. Science can also draw inspiration from the shape and form of the land. Although this notion is often overlooked, landscape can be […]

Hartfell Spa – A Quest for the Mind, Body and Spirit

By: Nadiah Rosli The signboard that greeted our group under clear blue skies in Moffat on May 7th located just a few metres before the Annandale Water Hall set the tone and pace for our quest. Akin to the winds that carried the word, ‘Hartfell Spa’ on the isolated road, we echoed each other’s names […]